As a South Florida lawyer that sues construction companies, my practice is not only devoted to helping injured construction workers. Many injuries that occur at or near construction sites often involve the general public, also requiring the assistance of a lawyer.
Earlier this morning in Miami, Florida, a section of a parking garage collapsed and injured several people, while killing one. The garage had serviced occupants of a local community college and was under construction, yet was still open despite construction. According to reports, the collapse was so significant that it was a floor to floor collapse — essentially crumbled like a house of cards. Witnesses to this parking garage collapse were shocked and commented that construction workers and others ran out of the garage screaming in a panic. Of those injured and trapped within the rubble, some were taken to the hospital, some treated on the construction site, and one was unfortunately killed.
The Chief Executive Officer in charge of the construction project assured the public that the cause of the collapse will be investigated. However, the CEO entertained the fact that the construction company would embrace any new policies, procedures, and protocols that would ensure safety. Sadly, it took a catastrophic construction site accident causing injuries that brought about the need to “ensure safety” for those at the project site.
For those injured in this parking garage accident, the question remains as to who is responsible. Without question, a finger must be pointed in the direction of the construction company charged with the maintenance and supervision of this project site. However, responsibility must also lie in the lap of the college and person in charge of managing the parking garage.
In Florida, lawyers are constantly maneuvering around the law in order to help their injured clients. Florida law takes a position against those injured from car accidents in parking lots and garages. Simply put, if you are injured in a car accident in South Florida, suing a parking garage or owner of a parking lot is simply not an option. However, Florida courts have specifically limited this to car accidents occurring in parking lots and parking garages — not parking garages that collapse.
Lawyers here in South Florida charged with helping the victims injured from this parking garage collapse in Miami have a number of entities to consider that are at fault. The construction company certainly does not stand alone when determining liability. Also, the school, along with the parking garage must be held responsible in some capacity for causing all of these injuries earlier today, including a death.
If you or someone you know was injured in a construction accident, including a parking garage accident, please contact us today.
By: Brandon Stein